Steve Carell says ‘Anchorman 3’ may not happen for 15 years

Brick Tamland actor discusses the likelihood of Ron Burgundy returning to the big screen

Steve Carell has predicted that Anchorman fans may have a long wait for a third film.

Carell played weatherman Brick Tamland opposite Will Ferrell in 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which was set in 1970s California, and its 2013 sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which found Burgundy working at a 24-hour news channel in 1980s New York.

Asked if Adam McKay, director and co-writer of both films, had approached him about making a third movie, Carell said on Good Morning Britain this morning: “No, we never discussed it, but I heard in an interviewthat he mentioned that he might have an idea for Anchorman 3. But it might not happen for 10 or 15 years, so take a big deep breath.”

Last month (December) McKay suggested that Anchorman 3 could focus on the rise of new media, with Ron Burgundy grappling with the internet boom in the late ’90s.

As Carell recalled this morning, McKay said at the time: “The only thing is by then Burgundy would be getting pretty old. So maybe it’s a movie we make in 10 years, when Will’s aged up and it actually makes sense that you can set it in 1997 or ’98.”